My apologies if this has been covered before (I tried searching around and couldn’t find it).
A little backround-
I am 33 years old, live in N.J., married (no kids yet, hopefully soon), and I own a successful swimming pool business. I started my private pilot a few months ago and at the finish line now (all I need is my practical exam). I really enjoy flying, Everytime I hear a plane fly over, I look up and wish i was on it .
I’ve talked to many instructors at my school, but most are younger than I and very few have airline experience. I realize with the switch I’ll have a huge pay decrease (I wouldn’t be doing this for the money), but that isn’t my biggest concern. My biggest concern is the work home balance. At my current job I am home every night but always stressed, and always working for about 9 months out of the year. This drives my wife and myself nuts, as quality time is far and few between. I want to ask truly how is the work life balance? I’ve read schedules and see they vary greatly but when working at a regional, and moving towards seniority while growing a family, is it such a good idea to switch?
I read somewhere that Hawaiian airlines fly a lot of vfr and usually home at night. That sounds like a dream job but I know we don’t always get what we want in life, and don’t want to put all my eggs in one basket.
Any advice is appreciated from anyone and all walks of life!!